Category: The European Spirit

Valery, Paul: Address on the Second World War

A Radio Address [September 1939] [From History and Politics, transl. Denis Folliot and Jackson Mathews; © Princeton University Press; published by permission] NOTHING today must be overlooked that can define and clarify in all minds…

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Tonsor, Stephen J.: Tradition and the Crisis of Western Culture

Tonsor, Stephen J.: Tradition and the Crisis of Western Culture

Jacob Burckhardt: Tradition and the Crisis of Western Culture From Modern Age, a Quarterly Review, vol.39, winter 1997. By the second half of the nineteenth century it was clear that the French Revolution had ushered…

Shattuck, Roger: Faustian Man

An extract from Forbidden Knowledge. From Prometheus to Pornography, St Martin’s Press, New York , ISBN 0-312-14602-7 Το a remarkable degree, the opening scenes in Faust’s study recapitulate the first two parts of Descartes’ Discourse…

Quirini: An account of Germany in 1507

[extract] From: James Harvey Robinson Readings in European History, The Athenaeum Press, Boston , 1906 SINCE, most serene prince [namely, the doge], and most sage and weighty council, all the discord which is now to…

Mann, Thomas: God Help our Darkened and Desecrated Country

[A LETTER TO THE DEAN OF THE PHILOSOPHICAL FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BONN] AT THE beginning of 1937, when Thomas Mann, then living in temporary exile in Zurich, received a letter from the Dean…

Louis XIV: The Foundation of the Academy of France: Letters patent

[Extract] From: James Harvey Robinson Readings in European History, The Atheneum Press, Boston , 1906 WHEN GOD called us to the headship of the state we cherished the purpose not only of putting an end…

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Huizinga, Johan: Art in Life

Huizinga, Johan: Art in Life

Translated by Rodney J. Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch. From ‘The autumn of the middle ages”, University of Chicago Press, 1996. FRENCH-BURGUNDIAN CULTURE OF LATE MEDIEVAL times is best known to the present age through its…

Desmoulins, Camille: Democracy is Clemency

[Extract] Editorial in his newspaper, The Old Cordelier , December 20, 1793, during the French Revolution. From: James Harvey Robinson Readings in European History, The Atheneum Press, Boston , 1906 SOME PERSONS have expressed their…